According to a report from Wales Online, Swansea City have enquired about the availability of Inter Milan attacker Jonathan Biabiany. Francisco Guidolin managed to save Swansea’s ship from sinking after his appointment as the interim manager following the sacking of Garry Monk. It was hardly a surprise that Swansea appointed the Italian on a permanent basis when the season ended. Every manager wants to work with some familiar faces in his new quests and it is not at all surprising that Guidolin will be looking for a few Serie A stars in the summer to bolster his squad as he knows Italian football inside out.
The Swansea manager had worked with his transfer target Jonathan Biabiany before during his days at Parma. Although the Frenchman did not make too many first-team appearances that term for the club, but it is believed that Guidolin rates the French winger highly.
Biabiany made his name from the academy of Inter Milan but could not make much influence in his first stint at the club. After three loan spells for Chievo, Modena and Parma respectively, the Frenchman joined Sampdoria in 2011. His move to Sampdoria was a big failure for both him and the club as the side went down at the end of that season. The Frenchman was snapped up by Parma on loan in the summer of 2011 with an option to purchase at the end of the season.
The Frenchman experienced the best of his career at Parma and he was purchased by the Serie A side from Sampdoria in 2012. After Parma’s financial crisis Biabiany was allowed to leave on a mutual consent and joined his boyhood club Inter Milan in the summer of 2015. The Frenchman’s immediate return season to Inter was an unproductive one with just one goal and two assists from 24 games in all competitions.
It is quite a shock to see Swansea holding an interest in the 28-year-old Frenchman. Swansea have a number of quality options on the flanks with Andre Ayew, Modou Barrow, Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero. Nathan Dyer has also returned to the Liberty Stadium after being crowned Champions of England during his loan spell with Leicester City. We are struggling to understand how Biabiany is an upgrade over any of the current Swansea wingers.
The only good thing the Frenchman has in his game is his blistering pace. That’s it. He is neither a good goal scorer nor someone who can set up goals for his teammates on a regular basis. He is 28 now and there is very little chance that he can improve vastly as a player. We have seen even the best players from Serie A struggling to make their marks in the Premier League and Biabiany is someone who is even struggling in Italy.
Well, Guidolin might know a lot about Italian football and the players in Serie A but moving for someone like Biabiany would be a massive mistake from the Swans. In fact, Swansea does not need any winger in the summer. There are other areas in the squad those are craving for reinforcements. Guidolin should look at healing those vulnerable areas first.